Tag: Latin America

Highlights of Costa Rica

April 14, 2022
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Costa Rica

There are so many highlights in the land of Pura Vida, that it’s impossible to include them all in one trip. But for a varied experience taking in a snapshot of both the Pacific and Caribbean sides, these are our top highlights to include in your next trip to Costa Rica. Tortuguero National Park Tortuguero National Park consists of 19,000 hectares of protected land on the northern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and includes beaches, canals and tropical lowland forest. The area is famous for its turtles and is a nesting ground for around seven species of sea turtles, including the endangered Green sea turtle. The park is best navigated by kayaks or canoes (known as cayucas or botes). This allows you to explore the park’s dense rainforest landscape, winding your way through lagoons, creeks, and freshwater passages. Keep an eye out for dozens of native species of tropical birds, monkeys, and caimans….

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What To Consider Before A Trip To The Galapagos

February 1, 2022
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Ecuador, Galapagos, Galapagos Islands

A magnet for wildlife lovers and a region tied to the very roots of natural history, the Galapagos remains one of the world’s most inspiring destinations.  Whilst the draws of the Galapagos are clear, the logistics of how to experience the archipelago may not be. Below we look at some of the questions you will need to ask yourself whilst considering a trip to the Galapagos.  Cruise or Land Based? The first thing to consider is whether you want to explore the Galapagos primarily by sea or by land. Cruising options allow visitors to explore the furthest and most remote corners of the archipelago whereas travelling by land and ‘island-hopping,’ will give greater focus to the beautiful landscapes whilst staying in comfortable hotels in the main towns. Both options have strong advantages so the choice should be purely based on preference, although some consideration should be afforded to combining the…

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Latin America’s Top Sustainable Destinations

November 21, 2021
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Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Galapagos, Latin America, Peru

With increasing awareness and consciousness of the impact we have as a society on the natural environment, it is more important than ever that we consider the way that we see the world and the effect we have as travellers. Whilst the myriad of natural wonders and the diverse biodiversity of Latin America continues to amaze visitors, its protection is paramount for the future generations to come. Below we look at some of the key destinations that are setting the benchmark for sustainability. The Sacred Valley, Peru With 50% of the country covered in rainforest and the creditable protective efforts made in the Machu Picchu region to reduce the impact of tourism, there are multiple destinations in Peru worthy of a mention for sustainability. However, it is the Sacred Valley that makes the cut for its ecotourism. As well as being an unparalleled hub to experience the ancient traditions of…

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Exploring the biodiversity of Latin America

September 9, 2021
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Amazon, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Latin America, Peru

In the broadest terms possible, biodiversity can be defined as ‘life on earth’ and over HALF of the word’s biodiversity can be found in Latin America. Across the borders, you will find some of the most species-rich biomes on the planet and it would be no exaggeration to say that the survival of these ecosystems are pivotal for earth’s survival. Below we look at some of the five most biodiverse countries in Latin America and what makes them so. Brazil Estimated to cover up to one-fifth of Earth’s total biological diversity, it is no surprise that Brazil is considered the most biodiverse country on the planet. Covering 60% of the Amazonian rainforest and supported by the Atlantic Forest, the inland swamp of the Pantanal and a literally uncountable amount of other terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, Brazil leads the way in terms of flora and fauna variety count and 700 new…

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Peru – Beyond Machu Picchu

July 28, 2021
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Peru

Whilst Machu Picchu remains the most iconic and most significant archaeological destination in Peru and is likely to go unmissed on any first-timer itinerary, it can sometimes overshadow some of Peru’s other remarkable destinations. Below we look at five worthy contenders for you to consider when planning a trip to Peru… The Peruvian Amazon Despite covering more than 60% of the country’s total landmass, the Amazonian rainforest is largely ignored by the majority of those who visit Peru. The reason for this is not entirely clear – accessibility is not a major issue and there is no shortage of accommodation options available in the region. Those who do make it here, therefore, are greeted with pristine rainforest, an abundance of exotic wildlife and opportunities to meet indigenous communities, all away from the masses. The northern region is possibly the easiest way to experience the rainforest, reached via Iquitos. Characterised by…

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Argentina’s Best Natural Wonders

June 28, 2021
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Argentina

As one of the world’s top 10 largest countries, the diversity of landscapes in Argentina is vast and whilst the big cities and urban regions relay the country’s rhythmic culture, the true beauty of the country lies within its many natural wonders. Below we guide you through some of our favourite Argentinian natural wonders. Iguazu Falls It would simply be impossible to not include Iguazu Falls on this list. The sheer force of water thundering over the basalt cliffs to the backdrop of jungle terrain is a true assault of the senses, and undeniably one of Argentina’s most spectacular sights. Whilst the falls straddle both Brazil and Argentinian borders, the Argentinian side affords a closer experience of the aptly named ‘Devil’s Throat’, best observed from elevated aluminium walkways. Perito Moreno Glacier There are few places on earth that can demonstrate the fragility and the constant movement of our natural world…

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Top 10 Things to Do in Medellin

Medellin
May 14, 2020
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Colombia, Uncategorized

Known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’, Medellin offers way more than just good weather. The second biggest city in Colombia is a place where contrasting factors live harmoniously. You’ll experience the natural frenzy of a cosmopolitan city, just to have it fade away in minutes as you marvel at a skyline that reaches for the heavens. Museums are found throughout Medellin, and even though the city’s history may be a harsh one, the people are not; in fact, Medellin is home to some of the friendliest people you will have ever meet, not only in Colombia but in the entire world. Some say the bliss point is the perfect blend of salt and sweet; this city, you could say, is exactly that. So, with that in mind, there are an array of things to do in Medellin to suit every taste. Here we list our Top 10 Things to Do…

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Let Peru come to you…

May 13, 2020
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Peru

Although we are unable to travel at the moment, it’s still possible to discover the joys of Latin America – from the comfort of your home! Each week we are giving you inspiration from a different destination in Latin America, sharing movies, music, books and recipes to pique your interest, and this weeks destination is the regions most-visited country, Peru. Home to ancient cultures, rich traditions, spectacular scenery, diverse wildlife, lively cities and some of the friendliest people in Latin America. Delve deeper into fascinating Peru with our favourite inspiring read, film, food and music below.  Read: The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa Mario Vargas Llosa is Peru’s most famous writer. Born in Arequipa in 1935, he’s one of the leading writers of his generation, known for the use of sophisticated literary techniques. Our favourite of his novels is his first book, The Time of the Hero. A story based on his own experiences in a military…

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An Adventure in Costa Rica

May 7, 2020
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Costa Rica

After a hop, skip and jump over the Atlantic, we touched down on the ‘Rich Coast’, excited to explore this wondrous country we’d heard so much about. We were greeted at the airport by our charming guide, who’s knowledge and expertise throughout the trip to Costa Rica, were invaluable. To get closer to our destination, we boarded a motorized canoe. Blasting through the waters of the Tortuguero River, the jungle whizzing past. Pachira Lodge was our base for the trip, although there are many great lodges in Costa Rica. The remoteness of the lodge allowed us to immerse ourselves in the natural surroundings. As we wandered around the grounds we stumbled across sloths, snakes and monkeys galore. Once upon the intricate and winding canal systems of the national park, we appreciated the sheer array of this tropical haven. The expert guides were incredibly talented at highlighting the camouflaged wildlife, without…

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Let Brazil come to you

May 6, 2020
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Brazil

Although we are unable to travel at the moment, it’s still possible to discover the joys of Latin America – from the comfort of your home! Each week we are giving you inspiration from a different destination in Latin America, sharing movies, music, books and recipes to pique your interest, and this weeks destination is the largest, and undoubtedly the most rhythmic, country in Latin America – Brazil. From vibrant and pulsating metropolises to wild rainforests, thundering waterfalls and tropical palm-fringed beaches, this is a country with so much to offer. Travel to Brazil with our favourite inspiring read, film, food and music below.  Watch: Casa Grande (2014) Brazil’s film industry has produced a number of successful films over the years, and one of our favourite picks is Casa Grande, from 2014. This film by Felipe Barbosa is set in iconic Rio de Janeiro and is a coming-of-age tale about a privileged high-school student who is…

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